The 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act fundamentally changed the process by which life sciences companies protect their inventions. U.S. patents are no longer awarded to the first to invent, but instead to the first to file. As a result, understanding the system and the standards for protecting intellectual property is as crucial today as understanding the science behind it.
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In today’s rapidly changing market, you need an intellectual property team that will enhance and safeguard your competitive position. Our nationally recognized IP practice offers three key advantages: we know your business; we understand your technology; and we have the advocacy skills to help you develop, manage, and protect your intellectual assets
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Marie has represented clients at all stages of litigation in both federal and state court. She has experience handling a broad range of litigation matters including commercial contract disputes, property tax disputes, and product liability actions.
Kevin provides clients in a wide range of technologies with strategic counsel in the areas of procurement and enforcement of their patent portfolios both in the United States and around the world.
Mike has experience in all stages of litigation and has contributed to the successful resolution of a broad range of civil disputes. He has represented corporate and individual clients in commercial and business litigation involving contractual breaches, torts (including fraud and negligence), misappropriation of trade secrets, and discrimination.
Kelly assists with preparing and prosecuting patent applications, informed by more than ten years of experience in biochemical research. The skills she gained as a research scientist provide her with a broad knowledge of invention disclosures, freedom to operate, patentability, and patent infringement opinions.
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Steve focuses his practice in the areas of taxation and general corporate matters with a specific emphasis on nonprofit tax, partnership tax, and Section 1031 Tax Deferred Exchange transactions. He advises clients on federal, state, and local business and tax issues arising from a broad range of complex transactions.
Kristi has a broad range of experience in both patents and trademarks, and is involved in all stages of U.S. and international patent/trademark filing, prosecution, and maintenance. Frequently serving as a key contact for clients, she handles a number of responsibilities including filing domestic and international patent applications, office action responses, and appeal briefs; preparing and filing domestic and international trademark applications; and more.
Scott counsels clients on their “people” issues. Businesses, owners, and boards of directors look to Scott as their outside general counsel to ensure legal compliance of their operations and initiatives. Scott represents businesses before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country in all areas of employment law.
For more than 25 years, Paul has specialized in product liability defense, class action defense, insurance litigation, and complex commercial litigation. He is particularly well known for his work in the class action and food and beverage sectors, where he is a nationally and locally recognized speaker and thought leader on product liability issues and regulatory trends.
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